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7 TED Talks to Help Educators Kick Off The New Year

7 TED Talks to Help Educators Kick Off The New Year

Who doesn’t love a good TED Talk? The set of global conferences operating under the tagline, “Ideas Worth Spreading” has more than a few thought leaders who are willing to share their ideas and proposed solutions to the biggest issues currently impacting education. Last year, we compiled a list of TED Talks on Virtual Education that our readers loved. To kick off the spring semester, we’ve rounded up 7 TED Talk favorites to help inspire and support Educators.

What COVID-19 Revealed About US Schools – and 4 Ways to Rethink Education

Educator Nora Flanagan takes the words and feelings of the last year right out of our mouths and hearts, then explains how we can reframe this moment as an opportunity to fix what's long been broken for teachers, students, and families  ̶  and shares four ways schools can reinvent themselves for a post-pandemic world by engaging parents, demand equity, supporting the whole student, and thinking assessment.

How Teachers Can Help Students Navigate Trauma

"To make a difference in the life of a child ... I made the commitment to tell my personal story," says educator Lisa Godwin. In this moving talk, Lisa shares her experience of overcoming childhood trauma with the quiet, unwavering support of a teacher and school counselor ̶  and shows how educators can help students and families navigate hardships by sharing their own stories.

The Nerds Guide to Learning Everything Online by John Green

Some of us learn best in the classroom and some of us… well, we don’t. But we still love to learn! In this TED talk from 2012 John Green, author and creator of groundbreaking educational YouTube channels SciShow, Mental Floss, and Crash Course, advocates that moving online connects learners to each other and builds engagement by looking at some of the popular education-based youtube creators.

Why Students Should Have Mental Health Days

School can be rife with stress, anxiety, panic attacks, and even burnout -- but there's often no formal policy for students who need to prioritize their well-being. Student activist, Hailey Hardcastle, explains why schools should offer mental health days and allow students time to practice emotional hygiene without stigma. Follow along to learn how she and a team of fellow students transformed their advocacy into law.

Dear Grown-Ups… Sincerely, Gen Z

What is it like to be a member of the class of 2020? Topics in this TED Talk range from the lack of mental health counseling to the emerging mercantile nature of teen sexuality. Their stories reach down inside your core, are beautiful and powerful and broken and patched together in ways that allow the best light of humanity to shine through them. In this talk, educator Kimber Lybbert urges everyone to see the strength and potential in our young people.

Activism, Changemakers and Hope for the Future

Education activist, and recent Oxford graduate, Malala Yousafzai reflects on the defining moments of her life, how she balances passion with personhood, and where the world finds itself during the COVID-19 crisis. With humor and humility, she shares her dreams of seeing social progress in her lifetime, explains why girls’ education advocacy must not relent during the pandemic, and champions youth activists worldwide leading the fight for a fairer future for all.

Why We Must Confront the Painful Parts of US History

To move forward in the United States, we must look back and confront the difficult history that has shaped widespread injustice. Revisiting a significant yet overlooked piece of the past, Hasan Kwame Jeffries, author and associate professor of history at Ohio State, emphasizes the need to weave historical context, no matter how painful, into our understanding of modern society -- so we can disrupt the continuum of inequality massively affecting marginalized communities.

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Haley Peterson

Haley Peterson studied Marketing at Winona State University in Minnesota, and has worked with Edmentum since March 2018. She currently serves as a Digital Marketing Specialist, and believes knowledge is power.